Whether you believe in global warming or not, there is no denying this summer has been insanely hot. Everyone has seen record temps and is desperately trying to stay cool. I am normally a sportswear/separates kind of gal but I just couldn’t take waistbands or even t shirts this past month.
I had made the grey linen Leralynn by Blankslate patterns and the quilting cotton wearable muslin version last year. Amazingly I did virtually nothing for alterations to the fit.
I added an inseam back belt to the black one to pull it in a bit at the waist. The grey one got some pretty embroidery at the neckline and an extra bar-tack at the neckline because of the delicateness of the fabric. I wore these a bunch last year.
I found the yummy gingham check in a soft cotton at a local fabric shop. My pattern matching is atrocious across the front but when it’s on no one seems to notice.( Although I swear I couldn’t see the grease stain before I took pictures! Keepin it real folks!)
The floral linen is my absolute favorite of the lot. I get tons of compliments, its crazy comfy, and doesn’t wrinkle noticeably at all.
Overall, the Leralynn is a great beginner pattern. The split neckline is accomplished by creative seaming. You can use purchased bias to finish it or you can go the extra mile and make matching bias tape. I did a mixture on mine.
While loose and comfortable it has just enough shape to not be like a potato sack. If you want to accentuate the waist you can use a belt. I left off the pockets because I didn’t want them bagging out or adding bulk to the hip area. There is an adorable hood option as well if you want to make one to wear to the pool or beach.
What could be more perfect than a woven linen or cotton easy fitting tank top or dress on a hot summer day?
I already have a favorite sleeveless top pattern from Seamwork Magazine that I have made several of and love to wear. The Addison is awesome because of it’s options to dress it up, a v neck, peter pan collar(or not) and partially lined bodice which removes the need for bias bindings.
This summer though I find myself attracted to sundresses and easy shift dresses that work up a dream in linens. I came late to the linen party but now I never want to leave. My Instagram feed has a new Willow tank dress almost every day, every one cuter than the last. I had a nice little pile of linens I had purchased locally, as well as some I splurged on online. I can always use a few more tanks or tees so I muslined the Willow and after my usual FBA and dart moving it looks wonderful.
I made three in the top length to get a feel for fit and finishes. Because I did linen or linen blends I french seamed all seams that were not enclosed by bindings. There is nothing worse than a beloved top unraveling to the point of throwing in the bin because you didn’t finish the seams. I made self bias tape for two and used some sweet purchased binding from SoBiased on Etsy.
I did my usual FBA, cutting a 14 and adding two inches. I also had to re-position the dart to be a little less perky. I graded the hip out to a 16 for a wee bit of room as well.
You can’t beat a basic woven tank for versatility. It can be dressed up or down easily and packs great for vacation or the beach.
Next in my queue is the dress version. I am going to do a sewing workshop with this dress next month and I can’t wait to see the lovely makes my students come up with. I guarantee this pattern will become a tried and true.
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